According to the definition presented by the European Union for Supported Employment – “supported employment is support for people with various disabilities or people excluded in gaining and maintaining work on the open labor market”. Definition of the World Association of Supported Employment – (WASE) – „supported employment is paid work performed by people with disabilities in the open labor market, with constant support from other people. Paid work means the same pay for the same work as non-disabled people do. ”
A five-stage support process in the supported employment model:
- Client engagement − it is based on the key values of availability and choice on the basis of knowledge.
- Creating a professional profile – empowering the person throughout the whole process.
- Job search.
- Employer engagement.
- Support inside and outside the workplace.